Chennai, November 7: Whether it is entertaining the masses by starring in movies, hosting a demanding reality TV show such as “Bigg Boss”, or running a political party with the ambitions of “Makkal Needhi Maiam”, Kamal Haasan has proven without a doubt that he is a genius who can excel in any field he chooses to make his own.
It is not without reason that he is hailed as âthe Ulaganayaganâ (or world leader) by Tamil cinema.
The master craftsman, who has honed his acting skills to perfection, has won the admiration and affection of dozens of fans, but also actors and professionals from all film industries.
From starting his acting career as a young adult in “Kalathur Kannamma” (1960) until “Vikram”, whose first look was released on November 6, Kamal Haasan as an artist did ceased to impress.
In addition, he seems to be getting better and better, outdoing himself every time he engages in a project.
Kamal’s expertise in acting does not need to be presented, nor any explanation. The skill level the actor possesses was best explained by director Shankar in an interview several years ago.
Shankar said, âKamal sir is watching everything while we tell him a story. When you read a scene to him, he knows what the director expects from him. We don’t need a cart, or a jimmy jib, or any extra add-ons for a Kamal Haasan shot. You can pick up the camera and zoom in on his face. No matter how long the shot is, it will grab your attention. You can keep a close-up or take a long shot. All you have to do is watch and admire!
For most people, the significance of this statement would go unnoticed. Close-ups are only kept when a director is extremely confident in the actor’s skills as there is very little room for error on the part of the artist when such a shot is placed. Add to that the fact that the plan is long and you get an idea of ââthe level of consistency that an actor should be able to deliver.
Kamal Haasan is as fascinating a thinker as an actor. The avid actor is a voracious reader whose in-depth knowledge on a number of topics, including history, leaves you speechless. Kamal doesn’t stop reading. He then reflects on what he has read, accumulating and building on the information he has acquired.
During an interview, this writer once asked a question about his unfinished historical drama, ‘Marudhanayagam’, a story the actor was dying to tell the world.
The story of Marudhanayagam was not known to many, even in Tamil Nadu, until Kamal Haasan started making a film about his life. It was Kamal who pointed out that the Marudhanayagam revolt against the East India Company began almost 100 years before the 1857 rebellion, which is also hailed as the first Indian War of Independence.
The actor went on to explain that what the British had to spend to get rid of Marudhanayagam was more than the amount the United States had to spend to defeat Saddam Hussein. It is said that the South Indian warrior of Tamil Nadu infuriated the British so much that after hanging him they had his body dismembered and his body parts exposed on the main gates of Madurai city before the send to other places as a Attention.
During the interview, this writer pointed out to the actor that there are three different versions of the warrior’s life. One by the English, one by the French and one by the Indians, almost half certain the actor would not have heard of the other versions. Kamal nonchalantly replied that he had gone through all the versions and had chosen the English version, which the warrior had fought.
It was then that this writer realized how much of a voracious reader he was and how he had managed to link other events to what he had already read and point out what really needed to be highlighted.
When you are as good as someone like Kamal Haasan, fulfilling his life’s mission can be a problem for him. But then, the actor also has the ability to prioritize.
Several years ago, when he was first asked what he would like people to remember him for, Kamal said: âI want people to remember me as a good artist. “
Several years later, the same question was asked to him during an interview by another media. The actor recalled his previous response and then said he had moved on. He said, âWhat I want to be remembered first as a good human being. And then, maybe like a good human being, who could also act.(IANS)